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Spread

comedy


High-end lothario Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) sleeps his way into a life of privilege all while crashing at the Hollywood Hills home of a middle-aged female attorney (Anne Heche).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    21%
  • Audience Score
    28%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Sexy-but-shallow grifter dramedy is too mature for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mature Ashton Kutcher dramedy is an interesting take on beautiful L.A. and all its associated ugliness -- but it's definitely not for kids. Expect lots of fairly graphic sex scenes (including naked breasts and buttocks), some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), and pervasive materialism (with all of the associated high-end labels). The lead character -- who's essentially a gigolo -- does go through a sort of reinvention borne out of a realization that what he has isn't what he wants, but he's still not exactly what you'd call a role model.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays sex and relationships. Parents, if your teens watch, be sure to discuss the real-life consequences of sex, as well as your own family's values on the subject.
  • Why does Nikki do what he does? Is his life as enviable as itmight seem to outside observers? Why does he start to struggle withhimself?
  • What's the movie's take on society's obsession with material trappings?Is this trend exaggerated for effect in the movie, or do you think thisis really how some people live?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    21%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all Spread reviews
  • Audience

    28%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The film becomes unintentionally funny when he falls for another hustler (Margarita Levieva) with even less conscience, their grand passion leading to ludicrous behavior and soap-opera dialogue.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fresh: Mackenzie is a consummate stylist, one of British cinema's emerging 21st-century talents, who has displayed a remarkable ability to make interesting movies that get in their own way and never reach wide audiences.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fresh: The very impressive Spread deserves to be a cherished gem.

- Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Ashton Kutcher plays himself in a story about what Ashton Kutcher most likely did for a living before he got famous (and what he does all day for a living now that he's Demi Moore's professional kept boy). The main character is not empathetic (and you don't need to be a pretty boy to empathize with one, just write the pretty boy better) and his "journey" never feels significant. Cinematography and acting is decent (besides Ashton who I've already established is just playing himself) but there's nothing of substance here. Waste of time and just a fun "take a risk" project for Ashton. I suppose his fans will like it as he has many partially nude scenes.

- Stinger839, Sunday, October 17, 2010

4 stars

Ok. Ok. I went into this knowing full well that it was supposed to suck. I REALLY liked it, and noone would be more surprised about that than me. Maybe I just REALLY like Ashton? He sure is a hotty, thats a given. BUT...I think that I would still have liked it with any other good looking guy in it. Maybe. It could happen.

- itsjustme2004, Thursday, October 14, 2010

3 stars

Can't say I am overly surprised that a lot of people didn't like this, but personally I found it not too bad. I would say this is Ashton Kutcher attempting a serious role, which obviously doesn't come across as all that convincing. Ashton is an actor who does comedy and fluff well. This is funny in a black way in places, but overall I think it is trying to be serious. The story follows Ashton as guy who basically pimps himself out to older women for somewhere nice to stay and to get clothes and things bought for him. Pretty much a whore, but I don't think he really sees himself that way - more a scammer. It's kind of hard to take too seriously when he is strutting around talking about how hot he is while actually looking kind of dorky in some... interesting... fashion choices. Anne Heche plays a women who gets involved with him and is hurt by him. I think it does have something to say, as her character, while attractive, is ageing and, feeling insecure, she does something pretty drastic to improve herself. She points out to Ashton that he is also ageing and he can't get by on a pretty face all his life. There is then another twist where he meets a young girl played by Margarita Levieva and falls in love with her. Then the movie is mostly about seeing if he will get her or if he can change his ways. The ending isn't something I would expect from an Ashton vehicle,but I guess it is valid considering the track record of his character. I could not highly recommend this as I don't think it will be for everyone, and other reviews here verify that, but it may pleasantly surprise some people. Maybe one to rent when you are getting out other stuff, just in case!

- romy861, Monday, September 6, 2010